Murder accused seen carrying a knife

Last updated 07:06 14/11/2012
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A friend of murder accused Shayd Robinson noticed he was carrying a knife on the day Aaron Hadfield was fatally stabbed, and later heard that he had attacked someone.

Robinson, 20, is charged with the murder of the Stokes Valley father-of-two after stabbing him once in the chest on January 26 in a road rage incident.

Benjamin Sinclair told a jury in the High Court at Wellington yesterday that he saw Robinson at a friend's house in the afternoon, and saw the top of a knife protruding from his pocket. He was surprised because he had not known Robinson to carry a knife.

At Robinson's mother's house after the attack in Logie St, Robinson told Mr Sinclair he had punched someone in the face who had tried to hit him with a car.

However, Mr Sinclair denied Robinson told him he had stabbed someone, despite telling police that when he was interviewed. He continued to deny it, saying he was drunk at the time.

Mr Sinclair said he had spent the past few months sober in prison, replaying the moment in his head, and did not think Robinson had said he had stabbed someone.

He said he thought Robinson told him he had thrown the knife away. "He said the guy tried to pull him into the car."

Witnesses said it took only minutes before Mr Hadfield was left bleeding to death.

Colin Berkett told the jury that he could see someone punching through the window of Mr Hadfield's car, kicking it and yelling obscenities, before two men ran off.

"This all happened under two minutes, I reckon," he said.

Adam Huaki said it took only about a minute.

Alexandra Davis had been driving past and saw two men trying to get through the car window to get at Mr Hadfield.

They were sprinting to get to the driver's open side window, and began attacking him. "The look of it was so violent," she said.

Mr Hadfield seemed almost prone and had his hands on the steering wheel.

"I was concerned that he was already so badly hurt that he couldn't move. I couldn't understand why he didn't put his foot on the accelerator and move away. I could hear the thuds."

Mr Hadfield died the next day in hospital.

The trial is expected to finish next week.

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